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Un firmament de porcelaines, de la Chine à l’Europe

Les 300 porcelaines de Chine du XVIe et du XVIIe siècle qui ornent le plafond de l’actuelle Ambassade de France à Lisbonne, ancienne demeure royale, sont rendues visibles par l’entremise d’une restitution 3D dans la Rotonde du quatrième étage du musée. Cette restitution virtuelle associe des techniques d’imageries (modélisation 3D) et de sculpture numérique (pour le relief).Une prouesse technique qui enchantera aussi bien les amateurs d’architecture baroque, que de nouvelles technologies.

Telle une voûte céleste sur fond de bois doré et laqué, ces porcelaines témoignent de la hardiesse de l’art baroque portugais et de l’intensité des échanges maritimes entre la Chine et l’Europe dès le XVIe siècle. Le MNAAG s’est engagé dans une démarche scientifique où chercheurs chinois, portugais et français contribuent à faire connaître ce témoignage architectural unique, – véritable choc esthétique -, rendu possible grâce au mécénat de la fondation Michelin.

NARA – TROIS TRESORS DU BOUDDHISME JAPONAIS

Berceau historique du Japon, la ville fut capitale de 710 à 784. Ses temples bouddhiques conservent encore aujourd’hui les chefs-d’œuvre incontestés de la sculpture japonaise médiévale. Pour la première fois prêtés hors du Japon, sont présentés en France deux gardiens, trésors nationaux, et une effigie en bois du bodhisattva Jizô, classé « bien culturel important ».

Présentées dans le lieu le plus chargé d’histoire du musée – la rotonde de la bibliothèque – ces trois sculptures offrent l’occasion de contempler, dans un face à face privilégié, un pan fondamental de la sculpture japonaise. Avec la plastique fluide et rayonnante de la divinité, contraste l’effet proprement athlétique des deux gardiens démontrant d’impressionnantes connaissances anatomiques. Exemples exceptionnels, ces trois œuvres témoignent de l’évolution des techniques des sculpteurs japonais et invitent à remettre en question l’histoire de la sculpture mondiale.

TRÊS EMBAIXADAS EUROPEIAS À CHINA

A exposição Três Embaixadas Europeias à China possui como tema central a história dos contactos político-diplomáticos entre a Europa e a China ao longo de cinco séculos (de meados do século XIII a medos do século XVIII). Essa história teve múltiplos ciclos, avanços e recuos, entendimentos e rupturas, mas teve como constante o protagonismo de vários portugueses. Protagonistas que representavam o Estado português, outros estados europeus, o Papado, ou a cidade de Macau. São três destes protagonistas, Frei Lourenço de Portugal, Tomé Pires e Francisco Pacheco de Sampaio, que escolhemos para ilustrar a temática central da exposição. É em torno destes três protagonistas que se estrutura a exposição, por isso dividida em três núcleos.

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City

This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty – from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion. Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment […]

Expedition to Asia: The Prominent Exchanges Between East and West in the 17th Century

The Seventeenth Century— An Era of Exploring Knowledge and Expanding Territory. The Ming dynasty was situated on the east side of the world, which had gone through the disturbances and restlessness during the late Wanli reign and the intrusions of Manchurians. The state of the nation had been followed by the enthronement of Shunzhi emperor and the establishment of the Qing dynasty. After the Kangxi and Yongzheng emperors, the Qing Empire entered a stable period. In relative to this, the western merchants and missionaries had marched further into Asia with unstoppable force. Their traces had spread from the trading bases along the coastline and made the way into the royal court. The Dutch envoys and missionaries had owned the crowning glory among all western visitors that were trading with the East, and they had not only delivered the knowledge and merchandises from Asia back to Europe, but also had become the crucial transporter across the East Asia Seas. This exhibition takes the journey of the Dutch envoys had successfully presented themselves to the Qing emperor as the genesis, and selects exquisite artworks collected by the National Palace Museum, the Rijksmuseum from Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Umi-Mori Art Museum, the Museum of Oriental Ceramic, Osaka from Japan, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, the National Taiwan University Library, and the Graduate Institute of Art History of National Taiwan University. The story of exchanges between East and West is presented by the joint efforts. The exhibition is divided into four sections. The opening section is entitled « Adventurous Footprints » to exhibit the records and objects that are related to the journey of Dutch envoys. The second section « Exotic Curios » presents how the people from opposite sides of the globe had been infused with expectations and imaginations on foreign lands, which encouraged objects with oriental style or in western taste to appear. The third section, « Oriental Sentiment »- showcases that even under the circumstances of the 17th century, the impact of foreign cultures was within reach, the Ming emperor still paid homage to the ancestors as always. The literati who had stayed stealthily in studio also continued to speak freely about personal tastes. Finally, « Global Encounters » is in hope to reconstruct the worldview of the 17th century through the styles with blended features of the East and West; such as decorative patterns on porcelains, Suzhou prints, and interpretation of the world map, from which to accentuate the art and culture under the influences of exchanges between East and West.

NARA – TROIS TRESORS DU BOUDDHISME JAPONAIS

Berceau historique du Japon, la ville fut capitale de 710 à 784. Ses temples bouddhiques conservent encore aujourd’hui les chefs-d’œuvre incontestés de la sculpture japonaise médiévale. Pour la première fois prêtés hors du Japon, sont présentés en France deux gardiens, trésors nationaux, et une effigie en bois du bodhisattva Jizô, classé « bien culturel important […]

TRÊS EMBAIXADAS EUROPEIAS À CHINA

A exposição Três Embaixadas Europeias à China possui como tema central a história dos contactos político-diplomáticos entre a Europa e a China ao longo de cinco séculos (de meados do século XIII a medos do século XVIII). Essa história teve múltiplos ciclos, avanços e recuos, entendimentos e rupturas, mas teve como constante o protagonismo de […]

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City

This exhibition is the first to explore the role of empresses in shaping China’s last dynasty- the Qing dynasty – from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular objects from the Palace Museum tell the little-known stories of how imperial women influenced court politics, art and religion. Timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment […]

Expedition to Asia: The Prominent Exchanges Between East and West in the 17th Century

The Seventeenth Century— An Era of Exploring Knowledge and Expanding Territory. The Ming dynasty was situated on the east side of the world, which had gone through the disturbances and restlessness during the late Wanli reign and the intrusions of Manchurians. The state of the nation had been followed by the enthronement of Shunzhi emperor and the establishment of the Qing dynasty. After the Kangxi and Yongzheng emperors, the Qing Empire entered a stable period. In relative to this, the western merchants and missionaries had marched further into Asia with unstoppable force. Their traces had spread from the trading bases along the coastline and made the way into the royal court. The Dutch envoys and missionaries had owned the crowning glory among all western visitors that were trading with the East, and they had not only delivered the knowledge and merchandises from Asia back to Europe, but also had become the crucial transporter across the East Asia Seas. This exhibition takes the journey of the Dutch envoys had successfully presented themselves to the Qing emperor as the genesis, and selects exquisite artworks collected by the National Palace Museum, the Rijksmuseum from Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Umi-Mori Art Museum, the Museum of Oriental Ceramic, Osaka from Japan, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Tainan City Government, the National Taiwan University Library, and the Graduate Institute of Art History of National Taiwan University. The story of exchanges between East and West is presented by the joint efforts. The exhibition is divided into four sections. The opening section is entitled « Adventurous Footprints » to exhibit the records and objects that are related to the journey of Dutch envoys. The second section « Exotic Curios » presents how the people from opposite sides of the globe had been infused with expectations and imaginations on foreign lands, which encouraged objects with oriental style or in western taste to appear. The third section, « Oriental Sentiment »- showcases that even under the circumstances of the 17th century, the impact of foreign cultures was within reach, the Ming emperor still paid homage to the ancestors as always. The literati who had stayed stealthily in studio also continued to speak freely about personal tastes. Finally, « Global Encounters » is in hope to reconstruct the worldview of the 17th century through the styles with blended features of the East and West; such as decorative patterns on porcelains, Suzhou prints, and interpretation of the world map, from which to accentuate the art and culture under the influences of exchanges between East and West.

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